VC Poker Review Continued...
Games and Tournaments
If you want to play a simple game of Hold ‘em, then you can be on the table within seconds via BetVictor Poker’s Flash site. There are plenty of games ongoing at any time and a good number of other players to take on. The instant site also offers a decent selection of freeplay Hold‘em tables.
Once you launch the software download, then you can also indulge in Omaha, Stud, Razz and Blaze Poker - where you jump to another table as soon as you fold, ready to dive into the poker action again straight away.
There are regular tournaments to register for every few minutes during the day and which continue overnight, although they drop to one an hour between 5am and 9am.
The homepage is resplendent in red and black and is pretty neat apart from the leaderboard of the Freeplay League, which is a fun way of practising your poker game, but looks a little ragged and doesn’t fit with the classy theme of the site.
The tables on the instant play option are fine and clean, but it’s the download client (available on Windows and Mac) that offers the most visually stunning poker experience. You can choose between the Classic View of the instant site, a neat Arcade View, the Mini View with just the bare essentials and an exceptional Fun View featuring intricately crafted comic backgrounds with excellently rendered cartoon avatars. In a world of iPoker clones, it is really a breath of fresh air.
Functionality and Features
There is a very thorough poker school, with instructional pages on all major types of the game available for your perusal, with further tutorials on bankroll management and more information in the section referred to as The Club. The mysterious Marbella Slim writes exclusive articles and there is a blog which rounds up any poker news relevant to BetVictor players. A forum is available for members to chat with each other which, although it isn’t hugely busy, is a neat attempt at trying to replicate the social aspect of physical poker clubs.
The games run smoothly, with no long waiting times for loading. BetVictor also offers anonymous tables, which is a great idea and completely levels the playing field - you don’t bring any baggage into the game which your opponents could use to second guess your moves. Of course, it also works the other way around; if you have a system for tracking others - or you like to make use of tracking software to learn more about who you’re up against - then you will also lose that edge!
BetVictor Poker will give you 200 percent of your first deposit (up to the value of $1,000) as a bonus when joining, released in instalments of ten percent of the bonus amount, achieved at a rate of $1 for every eight Action Points received. For example, if you deposit $10 and receive a $20 bonus, you would receive your first $2 (ten percent of the bonus) after earning 16 Action Points. As a new player, you also get access to special freerolls and turbo tournaments for your first six weeks on the site.
Action Points are earned for every $0.50 a player contributes in rake or every $0.50 paid in tournament fees, which means that you’ll rack them up fairly swiftly. However, you only have a fairly tight 30 days in which to extract your bonus completely.
There are a plethora of other promotions available for players new and old, with attractive cash prizes and bonuses on offer around the site. If you like your promos, you’ll be happy here, as there’s always something new to strive for month after month. The VIP package allows you to cash in your Action Points for real money, bonuses and entry into tournaments, with the rewards increasing as you rise through the VIP ranks.
BetVictor is a fantastic place to play poker for newbies and old hands alike. The promotions are exceptional, the gameplay slick and easy on the eye and the depth of content to help you improve your game is equal to - if not greater than - any of the company’s rivals.
There is a great sense of community here and, if a mobile offering were to be added, it would be damn near perfect.